Jon K Shaw & Theo Reeves-Evison (Eds.)
See the world through the eyes of a search engine, if only for a millisecond. Throw the workings of power into sharper relief by any media necessary. Reveal access points to other worlds within our own. In the anthology Fiction As Method, a mixture of new and established names in the fields of contemporary art, media theory, philosophy, and speculative fiction explore the diverse ways fiction manifests, and provide insights into subjects ranging from the hive mind of the art collective Orphan Drift to the protocols of online self-presentation. The book invites reflection on how fictions proliferate, take on flesh, and are carried by a wide variety of mediums, including—but not limited to—the written word. Contributors include Justin Barton, Delphi Carstens, Mer Roberts, Tim Etchells, Matthew Fuller, David Garcia, Dora García, M. John Harrison, Simon O’Sullivan, Erica Scourti, and editors Jon K Shaw and Theo Reeves-Evison.
5 x 8 in. / 368 pp / 13 b&w
Retail Price: $29.00
The Love of Painting: Genealogy of a Success Medium
Painting seems to have lost its dominant position in the field of the arts. However, looking more closely at exhibited photographs, assemblages, installations, or performances, it is evident how the rhetorics of painting still remain omnipresent. Following the tradition of classical theories of painting based on exchanges with artists, Isabelle Graw’s The Love of Painting considers the art form not as something fixed, but as a visual and discursive material formation with the potential to fascinate owing to its ability to produce the fantasy of liveliness. Thus, painting is not restricted to the limits of its own frame, but possesses a specific potential that is located in its material and physical signs. Its value is grounded in its capacity to both reveal and mystify its conditions of production. Alongside in-depth analyses of the work of artists like Édouard Manet, Jutta Koether, Martin Kippenberger, Jana Euler, and Marcel Broodthaers, the book includes conversations with artists in which Graw’s insights are further discussed and put to the test.
364 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $30.00